Snails of the sea

Last week we spent some time on the shore in Whitehaven and came across some empty Flat Periwinkle shells (or littorina obtusata to give them their full Latin name).  These small marine molluscs are widespread and common along the UK coast and can usually found on rocky shores amongst the brown seaweeds.  They grow to about 1.5 centimetres and can occur with orange, yellow, brown, grey or even chequered shells.

A little way further along the shore we found an occupied shell with a periwinkle exploring its surroundings.  Check out the video on our instagram page.

When you’re next on the shore why not stop your stroll and take a while to look closer at the amazing creatures you can see?

Handfuls of rubbish – beach cleaning with Surfers Against Sewage

 

On Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October we joined the Surfers Against Sewage team for the Autumn Beach Clean Series to collect litter and washed up rubbish at  Whitehaven’s North Shore and St Bees Beach.

The weather was kind on both days and over 30 volunteers gave up their weekend afternoons to come along and join in.  As always the amount of plastic pollution was astounding.  We spent two hours at each beach and there were so many cotton bud sticks, strings from balloon releases, straws, single use plastic bottles and sanitary applicators that we gave up counting and just kept on collecting.  In St Bees alone we collected and removed 22 bags of litter.  Fast food packaging, wet wipes, cutlery and rope were also, unfortunately, in abundance high up on the tide line having been washed up during recent storms.

Much of this waste could be avoided with a little bit of though or planning.  Some simple (and easy) tips are:

  • Take a reusable cup to the coffee shop
  • Recycle cans and bottles – don’t chuck them on the ground or in the bin
  • Most importantly remember that only the three P’s should go down the toilet – pee, poo and paper!
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